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Downeast Beverage Co.
$$ - reasonable
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79 Commercial St
phone: (207) 828-2337
(Place added by: Bierman9)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 44
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After reading the reviews, I had pitcured a place much bigger. But while it was a lot smaller than expected, they have done great things with the space they have for beer. I would guess about 40% of their limited space was for beer. Selection was quite good. I have a feeling if a beer is from Maine and available in bottles in Maine, I could get it there. They also had a nice selection of Belgians and other American brews. No dust on anything. Bottles I looked at with a date on them were within a reasonable time. Service was great, one of the guys came over and answered all of my questions. They let me stack my beers on the counter while I continued to look. If ever in the area again I will need to return.
05-07-2005 12:22:56 |
More by MuddyFeet
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is phenomenal.
Now on to the review:
Located on the Portland waterfront on Commercial Street, this place is built to impress anyone who appreciates beer. It has a country store feel with wooden floors and shelves. Upon entering the store you see cigars, glassware and some food. There is also a shelf that invites you to make a 6 pack of local Maine beer. One of the many great things about this place is that you can purchase singles from any of the beers available in six packs. I love to see this option.
The selection at Downeast Beverage is outstanding. They carry some incredible Belgian beers and New England's finest craft beers. In addition they have an awesome selection of Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada and Unibroue. Here are some of the many highlights... SN Bigfoot, DFH World Wide Stout, Geary's, Magic Hat Chaotic Chemistry, Allagash (Four, Curieux, Grand Cru, White, Dubbel, etc), Cadillac Mountain Stout, Long Trail, Piraat, Smuttynose Big Beer Series (Scotch Ale & S'muttonator), Brother Adam's Bragget Ale, Shipyard, Geary's and the list goes on.
The service was friendly and very attentive. Staff were responsive with any questions I had and offered input & suggestions. It was also clear that they were knowledgeable.
This place is awesome and I can't wait to go back again and stock up next time I am in Portland. This place is doing it right.
02-21-2005 16:10:53 |
More by Hibernator
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If a beer is distributed in Maine you can find it at Downeast Beverage. Dogfish Head, Cadillac Mountain Stout, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Samuel Smith's, Allagash, Smuttynose, Geary's and so many others are all available. The gamut of Maine beers is presented here. Prices are on par for the area. Parking can be a bit prohibitive at times.
The store also stocks a nice selection of wine, liquor and cigars.
Along with Tully's in Wells, Downeast Beverage represents the best of beer in Maine. It is certainly worth a stop if you're visiting the area. For those Maine BAs it should become a regular destination.
02-17-2005 17:59:47 |
More by mdavis31481
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Located on Commercial St. near the far end near India St. There is a parking lot adjacent. Very comfortable, old-tyme country store decor.
This a decent sized liquor store, with the beer near the back along one wall. The emphasis of the beer is on Maine with many Maine breweries represented, including many beers in bombers (I picked up a range of Bar Harbor beers, incl. Cadillac Mtn. Stout). Other than Maine beers there is a decent smattering of other micros and Unibroue offerings. Some imports, but not a huge variety of non-Maine beer.
The store also has a large wine selection and various snack and food items. The service was good, and the staff was helpful.
11-07-2003 06:16:19 |
More by UncleJimbo
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
The place is located right in downtown. Very classy, the establishment name written in gold lettering with a bold black facade. It kind of looks like an english pub in that respect.
Walking inside, it has a sort of general store feel. Lots of bare wood and a country sort of ambiance, with a loose 12oz bottle sampler collection greeting you. They have tons of local beer, with most of their selection Maine brewed. A healthy selection of domestic and imported craft beer, including a few great belgian and english ales. I'm always happy when I see a beer I had never heard of. This place had at least two dozen I wasn't aware had existed.
Towards the back of the store you find a large cooler, I forget how many doors, but it's filled with tons of local, domestic, and imported craft beer. They have an entire cooler door filled with Maine brewed 22oz bottles, which I thought was excellent. The Bud and other macro beers occupy only the last cooler door, with the rest dedicated to the good stuff. The wine selection looks pretty decent, catering to a wealthier clientele, but I really didn't look at that. They even had mini-kegs of Gritty's beers.
The service is excellent. The employees were happy to accomodate us in any way, including providing us with empty boxes and just being enthusiastic about beer in general. When we paid, they accidentally overcharged us, and were kind enough to give us a free bottle for the trouble. I thought that was very nice.
The product quality is terrific. I was assured that the stock is rotated weekly, with new product being brought in all the time, and nothing sits on the shelf for long. Most of the green and clear bottles are placed in darker areas, I noticed.
It's a pretty upscale place, in an upscale shopping area, and the selection really reflects that. This is certainly a shop for connoisseurs, not joe sixpack looking for a cheap case. The place to stop for local beer while visiing the Portland area.
10-01-2003 02:55:35 |
More by UnionMade
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
The place in Portland...bar none. Has all the big local hitters with a nice smattering of big name brews. Solid little wine section too. The folks here are ever helpful. As others have mentioned the mix and match six is a nice thing when you're trying to sample some local flavors. Slighlty more expensive than outlying stores but they make up for it in quality of knowledge and selection.
09-27-2003 00:49:46 |
More by yankeeheel
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally went down to check this place out this weekend. The best selection of Maine brews hands down. You can get a six-pack of Maine singles for just over $7. They carry full lines from some Maine breweries that you can have trouble finding elsewhere (Bar Harbor Brewing, Allagash for example). I picked up a 750ml bottle of Allagash White and a 750ml bottle of Brother Adam's Bragget Ale. Unibroue is well represented. Could have easily spent alot more as they had plenty of Belgian brew (and other imports) but I excersized some rare self restraint. As has been mentioned, great selection for a relatively small space and the stock appeared well rotated and fresh. Staff was friendly and helpful. Certainly a must if it's your first trip to Portland.
09-22-2003 02:13:04 |
More by ViveLaChouffe
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
A very good beer store with wide selection. It's impressive how much they fit in there, considering it didn't seem like a huge space. Singles for sale up near the front, then sixers and bombers in the cooler in the back. Also Gritty's mini-kegs, can't go wrong there. Lots of Maine beers and a decent pick of Belgians too. Attractively laid out with products other than beer throughout the store, so your girlfriend can browse too. I had some difficulty finding parking (when you shop for beer, you want the car close by). I eventually parked in the lot next door but there were signs that made me think I wasn't supposed to do that.
09-08-2003 18:18:38 |
More by Thrasher
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
This place is just wonderful. I have been hankering for so many New England brews since I moved below the Mason-Dixon line. This place has just about every beer that I have been jonesing for. The ones they did not have I believe went under. I was quite impressed with the number of just New England beers they have in one store. They don't just specialize in Maine beers, they carry the smuttynose products as well. I wish there was a similar place specializing in regional brews where I live in Maryland, but Montgomery County employs stasi-like tactics as far as beer distribution.
The staff was wonderful as well. The guys were very cordial and I recall that my wife had to practically strong arm to get me out of there. Despite being a good drive from I-95, it was incredibly easy to find.
07-31-2003 17:37:28 |
More by andyj
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Kicking around the Old Port area last week and "Hey, I've never seen that place before". Unsuspecting and low key. I'm no pro on the Maine beer scene but I think I saw every Maine brewery I know of represented here as well as some good New Englanders and some fine Belgians. I like the mix your own six pack crates in the middle of the store where you get to try different Maine brews at a decent price. The front window displays the various glassware for sale. They've also got teas and juices and sodas and the like. A fine beer store and I haven't seen too many of those up North.
Got me the goods!!
03-03-2003 17:04:49 |
More by slander
Downeast Beverage Co. in Portland, ME
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